Roy H. Williams
President & CEO
Roy became the president & chief executive officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on January 1, 2004, after having served as executive vice president of economic development since mid-2002.
Roy has held numerous executive leadership positions in Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations in Texas, Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. Some of these include the Texas Governor's Office, the Texas Department of Commerce, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Arizona), the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce (Ohio), and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. His experience in economic development however, is not just limited to domestic activities. Roy also was responsible for international trade and investment offices in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, India, Belgium, Germany and Mexico.
Additionally, Roy was partner, co-founder, and president of The Economic Development Group, Inc., an international economic development consulting firm with offices in Ohio and Arizona. In that capacity he helped build economic development strategies and tools for cities, counties, regional partnerships, states, utility companies, universities, private companies and even foreign countries. As well, he performed corporate site location consultant work for companies and executive searches for economic development organizations.
Roy also has served on the faculty for several professional certification programs including the United States Chamber's Institute for Organization Management and the International Economic Development Council's Economic Development Institute. And he is an active participant of numerous domestic and international Councils and Associations, holding both membership and appointed positions. Nationally, Roy serves on the American Chamber of Commerce Executive's Board. Statewide and locally, Roy serves on numerous Boards of Directors, some of which include the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, the State Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Fair, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives, Oklahoma Industries Authority, Downtown YMCA, the Oklahoma Technology Development Corporation - i2E, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., United Way, Leadership Oklahoma City, and several others.
Roy has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Lutheran University and pursued his M.B.A. at Sam Houston State University. As well, he is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at Southern Methodist University, successfully completed the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina, and is a graduate of the Governor's Center Strategic Leadership for State Executives program at Duke University.
Roy and his wife Linda have two daughters. Erin is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University. Caroline, a graduate of the University of Houston, is married and lives in Houston with her husband Edel, who is a French chef and they have the only grandson, Alec.